January 7, 2019

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

When you think about God and who God is, what images come to your mind? What characteristics are at the front of your thoughts about God? Is God merciful and kind? Does God seem to you to be angry or concerned only about laws and rules? God is in no way simple and cannot be limited to just one personality trait. When speaking to Moses, God uses the name and description of “I Am.”

When I think about who God is, I cannot help but think of the beautiful chapter found in the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul spends a considerable amount of time discussing love. Paul makes it clear that love is the foundation to who we are and what we do as a people of faith. It is love that Paul believes is the clearest description of God.

Paul’s description is full of powerful words. His choice for the word love is the Greek word Agape. It means to be giving, selfless, expecting nothing in return, among other descriptions. At the heart of Agape is the character of God.

God is love.

As we begin this week, it is my prayer that we focus on who God is. I believe that we will find, in all that we read and contemplate, that at the heart of who God is we will find love.

Rev. Keith King, Online Campus Pastor